Seafood and wine make for a perfect combination for lunch or dinner meals. Many of us enjoy a glass of wine with our seafood, but may not know what wines work best with what dish. Wine flavors can bring out the best in food, and seafood is no exception.
We want to show you how to increase your flavor profile while giving you pairing suggestions to make for an even better dining experience, whether you are at home or out on the town.
White Wine (Dry)
Dry white wine like Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc pair best with fish like cod and tilapia. The earthiness of the pour enhances the flavors of these fish, and plays well on the palate. When you pair your cod or tilapia with the dryness and smoothness of these wines, you will be hard-pressed to find a more pleasant tasting experience.
White Wine (Moderate)
For white wine that’s not so dry like Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio, dishes with crab or lobster taste best. They both enhance the flavor of the wine while it helps to bring out the distinct nuttiness that both of these wines deliver.
We have two recipes with crab and lobster that you can enjoy with your next bottle of Pinot or Chardonnay, and we know you’ll get a kick out of these pairings.
Red wine like Pinot Noir, Merlot or Zinfandel call for fish like salmon or tuna. The fruitiness and fresh taste of the wine is a great complement and tones down the “fishiness” of salmon and tuna getting too carried away.They also play well with the aromas and texture of the fish.
Pairing your red wine with these recipes will give you an experience you will want to relive over and over again.
Rosé or Sparkling Wine
Rosés sweet shimmer best compliments seafood soups and dishes with grilled shrimp.
The charbroiled flavor from the shrimp makes for a foundation for which Rosé was made for—intriguing with light notes that play well with grilled perfection.
Try out these recipes for your next Rosé pairing.
COOK’S WISDOM Serve with a simple green salad to round out the meal.
While these are seafood and wine pairing recommendations, the best pairing you can create is one that you most enjoy and makes for a memorable dining adventure. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try new flavor profiles–the possibilities are endless.